Draw Fire

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Meaning of Idiom 'Draw Fire'

To draw fire is to attract criticism or hostility, often from a more powerful person or organization or a large group.

Usage

"The President draws fire from conservatives for his social positions."

"The companies ill-consider television commercial drew fire from all quarters."

Origin

Draw, in this idiom, is used to mean "attract." The draw fire literally means to draw gunfire. Here, the word fire is used figuratively to mean a verbal or written attack.

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